PACHSmörgåsbord: Journalism/Public Understanding of Science

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Tales of Scientific Heroes are Just Celebrity Bios

A small branch library in Arizona shelved Science, Technology, and Society with the rest of the celebrity biographies. What initially seemed odd now seems perfectly reasonable.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/31 at 11:36 AM

Monday, January 28, 2013

History of Science on Stamps

Stamps offer one way countries celebrate their scientific achievements. So then why do these Polish stamps have signs of the zodiac on them?

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/28 at 12:31 PM

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

It’s About Domains of Expertise

Unfortunately, the history of science is easily distorted or misleadingly presented to make point in the present.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/08 at 02:00 PM
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Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Energy Drinks—Today’s Patent Medicines

The renewed attention directed at energy drinks and their efficacy recalls efforts a century ago to outlaw patent medicines.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/02 at 12:55 PM

Monday, December 17, 2012

Revisiting Noah’s Ark?

Recent attempts to reconstruct Noah’s ark join a long line of such efforts. One of the more thoughtful came from pen of the 17th-century Jesuit polymath and all-around quirky thinker, Athanasius Kircher.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 12/17 at 11:29 AM

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

On History and Irony

A response to Christy Wampole’s New York Times piece on the dangers of irony, with some help from the History of Science, Technology and Medicine.

Posted by Amy E. Slaton on 11/20 at 09:04 AM

Friday, October 05, 2012

On Catalysts and Science Heroes

Roald Hoffmann is talking about catalysts, the chemical kind, but much of what he says could be applied to science heroes.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 10/05 at 08:47 AM

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Fraud, Plagiarism, and Errors in Science

The recent article in PNAS finding considerable fraud and errors in scientific papers has attracted a lot of press and efforts to explain the findings.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 10/02 at 04:35 PM

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Is Rupert Sheldrake a Modern Giordano Bruno?

Hero or heretic? Peter Foges compares Rupert Sheldrake to Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, and Bruno.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 09/22 at 08:07 PM

Friday, September 21, 2012

Who Really Needs Scientific Discoveries and Science Heroes?

We all know them, those pillars of science on whom the modern world rests. But who really needs them? I suggest that the heroes of serve the needs of scientists more than they do the needs of the laity.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 09/21 at 11:45 PM

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